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2008: A deadly trailer fire in Immokalee claimed its fifth victim Tuesday






IMMOKALEE: A deadly trailer fire in Immokalee claimed its fifth victim Tuesday. The Collier County Sheriff's Office says Emiliano Lopez Figaroa died as a result of injuries he received during the blaze. Four people were killed in the fire, Figaroa died Monday and five others were injured. It happened at the Cleves Trailer Park at 713 2nd Avenue in Immokalee On Tuesday, authorities released the names of those involved. In addition to Figaroa, those killed in the fire were:

Pascuala Mendez, age 34
Luciana Vasquez, age 13
Rodrigo Mendez, age 6
Unidentified adult male

Here is a list of the four victims that are still in the hospital recovering from their injuries:
Bonifacio Carrillo, age 31
Albino Juarez, age 32
Armando Lopez, age 21
16 year old boy who has not been identified by the family because of the severity of his injuries.

Jose Carrillo, 21, has been released from the hospital.
Investigators have determined the deadly blaze was intentionally set. It was the second time in two weeks that a fire was reported at the home. In the beginning there was speculation that the fire was started by a Molotov cocktail, which is basically a bottle filled with gasoline. But the fire marshal has ruled out that possibility. Investigators still don't have any suspects. "There haven't been any indications on any specific person or people we should be looking for," said Kristin Adams, Collier County Sheriff's Office. Adams says detectives think the fatal fire is connected with two others set on the same night. "They are considering these fires possibly being related to one at Lazanos and the other at Sunoco," said Adams. No one was injured in either of those fires. Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, is urging anyone with information about the fatal fire to call 1-877-NO-ARSON (1-877-662-7766). A $2,500 reward is also being offered for a tip that leads to an arrest. "A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for taking these lives. We will not tolerate this kind of violence and are aggressively working to bring those responsible to justice," said Sink. The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI), Collier County Sheriff's Office and the Immokalee Fire Department are all investigating the blaze. The BFAI made more than 500 arson-related arrests last year and has an arson clearance rate that surpasses the national average.
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